Tuesday, May 19, 2009

TMI! *Whooosh* TMI! *Whooosh* !

Y'all know what those two "terms" mean, right?

For those who may not know:

1. TMI = Too much information

2. Whooosh = Not an abbreviation, but a euphemism meaning "That went 'right over the top of my head", Dude!"

Heretofore, "TMI" has been used to describe inappropriate comments; (i.e. "Hey guys , come here and let me tell ya's what me and Jodie did last night!" in detail!"), but in this instance, I am going to use it to describe verbatim what it means, and I am also going to use the word whooosh (onamotopaeic) to describe the speed with which "TMI" 'flies' over your head!

All I did was google the words "Alzheimer's related terminology" and this is what came up!

I highlighted/bolded "diagnoses/symptoms from the other words just to show how "muddled" a conversation between a physician and the caregiver (s) can become/

acetylcholine: A neurotransmitter in the brain that is in low supply in people with Alzheimer's disease.

agnosia: An impairment of sensory perception.

amyloid precursor protein (APP): A normal brain protein that, when fragmented under certain circumstances, produces beta-amyloid.

aphasia: An impairment in the ability to use language.

apolipoprotein E (ApoE): A cholesterol-carrying protein that may be involved in Alzheimer's disease.

apraxia: An impairment in motor skills and coordination.

beta-amyloid: An abnormal protein deposited in the brain in Alzheimer's disease.

catastrophic reaction
: Strong emotional reaction to a minor event.

cholinergic neurons: Nerve cells that produce acetylcholine.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: A rare, rapidly progressive dementia caused by an infectious agent known as a prion.

delirium: Mental impairment with altered consciousness.

: Impairment of memory and other cognitive abilities.

dopamine: A neurotransmitter in the brain involved in the regulation of movement.

excitotoxins: Brain chemicals that in excessive amounts can damage neurons.

free radicals: Reactive molecules that can damage tissue.

frontotemporal lobar degeneration: A brain disorder that can cause dementia, aphasia, neurotic behavior, and gradual changes in personality and emotional control.

Huntington's disease: An inherited disorder characterized by involuntary writhing movements and dementia.

infarct: An area of dead or dying tissue caused by lack of circulation.

limbic system: An area of the brain containing the amygdala and hippocampus; involved in memory and emotions.

mild cognitive impairment: A condition in which memory or, less commonly, another cognitive function is below normal but does not interfere with daily functioning. Considered a transitional state between normal forgetfulness and dementia.

neuritic plaques: Clumps of degenerating neuronal axons and dendrites surrounding an amyloid core that are found in Alzheimer's disease.

neurofibrillary tangles: Abnormal twisted fibers inside neurons in Alzheimer's disease.

neurons: Nerve cells, such as those in the brain.

neurotransmitters: Chemicals that transmit nerve impulses from one neuron to another.

normal-pressure hydrocephalus
: A condition characterized by an excess of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain; can cause symptoms of dementia, loss of bladder control, and difficulty walking.

Parkinson's disease: A movement disorder resulting from dopamine deficiency; dementia occurs in 15%–20% of cases.

plaques: See neuritic plaques.

prion: The smallest known infectious agent; unlike a virus or bacterium, it's made up entirely of protein and contains no nucleic acid.

serotonin: A neurotransmitter in the brain that's involved in regulating sleep and sensory perception. A lack of serotonin has been linked to depression.

sundowning: The appearance or worsening of behavior problems in the evening.

tangles: See neurofibrillary tangles.

tardive dyskinesia: Involuntary writhing movements of the facial muscles and tongue caused by high doses of antipsychotic drugs over long periods of time.

vascular cognitive impairment: Dementia caused by numerous infarcts, caused by a series of tiny strokes. Also called vascular dementia and multi-infarct dementia.

Whatcha wanna bet that this is just "the tip of the iceberg"?

So what am I saying?

I am saying that there's too many "windmills" for our Don Quixote to tilt at!

"So, Doc, our Mom's got Alzheimer's right?"

We're asking Congress and the President to do something they have no idea what it is they should be doing. Dude!

They (we) are in a stage called "Information Overload!", and just like those California wildfires, they keep throwing "solutions" at the problem and are (like cartoon characters) saying "I'll save you, Nell!" as 'Nell' is being tied to the railroad tracks by "Snidely ECONO - WHIPLASH!"

Oh Noes!!!!!!!!



We need to pull all our resources and concerns together and present them correctly!

They don't KNOW "Early Onset"!!!!!

They are not HEARING it that way !!!!

All they know is "Alzheimer's Disease".

Case in point:

"Early Onset" Muscular Dystrophy!!!!!!!!!!!!"!

"Huh? Never even hurrdodatt!"

Neither have I, kids!!!

I always thought "Muscular Dystrophy"

I know, I know.

"Apples and Oranges", right, Bill?

Factor in "John Q. Public", and suddenly you have a very tough row to hoe, my brothers and sisters.

We hit 'em too hard and too fast. With too much.

They're confused.

Prove me wrong.




skericheri said...

Bill---This may be TMI...but...I thought that I would share.

Still clicking away in the animal rescue links.

Only have one computer...but... 2 browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox). Have been successfully casting 2 votes daily for the last couple of weeks.

Bill Craig said...

Thanks, cheri! You know it's much appreciated!